|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
myself can degrade you. We're on different levels."
"I'm on yours, whatever it is!"
He lifted his head and their gaze flowed together.
The great renewals take effect as imperceptibly as the first
workings of spring. Glennard, though he felt himself brought
nearer to his wife, was still, as it were, hardly within speaking
distance. He was but laboriously acquiring the rudiments of their
new medium of communication; and he had to grope for her through
the dense fog of his humiliation, the distorting vapor against
which his personality loomed grotesque and mean.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:
I immediately saw that we had reached a crisis. I thought at first
he was going to tell me that Blanche had carried out his prediction;
but I presently saw that this was not where the shoe pinched;
and, besides, I knew that mamma was watching her too closely.
'How can I have ever been such a dull-souled idiot?'
he broke out, as soon as he had got into the room.
'I like to hear you say that,' I said, 'because it does n't seem
to me that you have been at all wise.' 'You are cleverness,
kindness, tact, in the most perfect form!' he went on.
As a veracious historian I am bound to tell you that he paid
me a bushel of compliments, and thanked me in the most
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from From London to Land's End by Daniel Defoe:
here, several mornings after it had blown something hard in the
night, the sands were covered with country people running to and
fro to see if the sea had cast up anything of value. This the
seamen call "going a-shoring;" and it seems they do often find good
purchase. Sometimes also dead bodies are cast up here, the
consequence of shipwrecks among those fatal rocks and islands; as
also broken pieces of ships, casks, chests, and almost everything
that will float or roll on shore by the surges of the sea.
Nor is it seldom that the voracious country people scuffle and
fight about the right to what they find, and that in a desperate
manner; so that this part of Cornwall may truly be said to be